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About Us:

Against the Grain (ATG) is a traditional bindery located in the East Mountains outside of Albuquerque. With over 25 years of experience ATG offers book and bible repair and restoration, custom bindings and boxes, and fun workshops to make your own special book or box. Because we work out of a private studio, we take in jobs by appointment only. Contact us by phone or email to arrange a time to meet, we also offer free pick-up and delivery in the Albuquerque area.


ATG also offers a wide variety of community book arts workshops for all age groups and skill levels at numerous locations throughout Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Visit our Classes page for more information and join our mailing list to receive class notifications and announcements about upcoming events.

Mita Saldana, owner

A Chicago native, Mita Saldana received her BA from Columbia College Chicago where she developed her skills in the book arts. Mita moved to New Mexico and opened Against the Grain Center for Bookbinding. For over 25 years, she has been creating small editions, and teaching people how to make books, boxes and the related arts. She teaches regularly at New Mexico Art League, The Hispanic Cultural Center, Santa Fe Community College, The Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque Academy, and private studios and numerous retail locations across the state. Her work has been exhibited in both Illinois and New Mexico and she is one of the founding members of Libros: New Mexico Book Arts Guild.

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